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About Michelle Y.

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Rochester, NY

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About Michelle
Get to know me a little better by watching my intro video below, or click on the "Ask Michelle A Question" button right next to my picture!
**Right now, I'm only taking new students to start September**

Hi! My name is Michelle. I’m a professional guitar and banjo player, and music teacher! I teach all levels of classical guitar, acoustic guitar, bluegrass and folk guitar. I also specialize in all levels of clawhammer banjo, but also offer 3-finger Scruggs-style bluegrass banjo lessons. I also teach all styles and levels of ukulele from basic strumming patterns to fingerpicking chord melodies.

I cater my lessons to each individual student. I love teaching all levels, so don’t worry if you’ve never picked up an instrument in your life…there’s no such thing as a hopeless case!! I work on building a strong foundation of form a
nd technique in all of my students regardless of level, whether you’re just starting out or are a more experienced player with some bad habits to break or looking to add to your musical toolbox!

My formal training is classical, I have a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin Conservatory and a Master’s degree from Eastman School of Music, both in classical guitar performance. That being said, I’m a little different than most classically trained teachers, in that I have traveled outside of the classical world to the folk traditions of old-time and bluegrass music, and I am very passionate about this music. I also tour regularly with a folk/Americana trio called Harpeth Rising, which combines both classical and folk traditions into original music (but don't worry, it won't interfere much with teaching!)

My teaching style reflects my combination of influences. My style is fluid, and I work with each student’s individual strengths and weaknesses create a learning environment that is comfortable, relaxed, and ultimately very effective. I also expect my students to schedule regular practicing into their daily routines, which is something I also help my students with.

Thanks for visiting my page!

**Availability notice: As I am a touring musician, my availability is flexible. For online lessons, I may need to reschedule times while I'm on tour. For in person lessons, we may need to reschedule missed lesson while I'm on tour. This will happen infrequently, but I thought I'd give fair warning!

*** Travel Equipment ***
I provide my own instrument, and I expect my students to have an instrument of their own. If you need help purchasing an instrument I have 8 years of experience and knowledge of fretted stringed instruments, so I am happy to help advise you once you purchase lessons!
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John B. September 9, 2019
· Banjo · In studio
Banjo instructors are very uncommon. If you are looking for one, look no further. I had Michele for 6 months. She is awesome and extremely attentive on how you wish to learn. Unlike my previous two banjo instructors I had several years ago. With them, they didn't really know Blue Grass genre like Michele does. Due to circumstances in my personal life and time, I have to step away. Nonetheless he taught me things well especially I have not played in 15 years. I highly recommend her to anyone.
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Chelsea September 6, 2019
· Ukulele · Online
Good advice and good assignments. Looking forward to next week.
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Joshua or Crystal M. September 6, 2019
· Banjo · Online
A great first lesson. Thanks!!!
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Michelle Y.

Rochester, NY 14620
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About Candace H.

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Rochester, NY

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I'm a classical violinist, a loving single mother, and a independent business owner for life, health and accident insurance through AFLAC from New York. I am a very accomplished musician performing in many venues and events such as the Long Island String Festival, NYC All County Music Festivals, Valley stream District 13 Music Festival, NY All State Concert, NYSMMA Music competitions, and yes even Carnegie Hall with the NY Metropolitan Youth Principle Orchestra 1st Violin. Ive learned that nothing of value in life comes without blood sweat and tears but it is worth it.

The things I love most in life are my son and providing for our family. On week days, you'll usually find me prospecting potential clients to help with their benefits for employees in any type of weather, for my independent business through AFLAC. On the weekends I like
to take my son with my dogs (sometimes) to the park, museums, and church or teach him the various wonders of life.
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Michael w April 23, 2019
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She's awesome. Takes her time to explain in detail. Very patient plays along with you and guide you like a professional. I'd recommend her to anyone.
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Michael March 25, 2019
· Violin ·
Shes a awesome instructor. She takes the time to explain details and all. I would recommend her to anyone that's interested in the violin.
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Candace H.

Rochester, NY 14611
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$30 / 30-min

About Gary K.

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Rochester, NY
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About Gary
Hello! My name is Gary. I have been teaching piano since 2008 and am looking to expand my studio outside of my current locale, where I teach around 40 students. I received my Master of Music degree in Performance and Literation at the Eastman School of Music, and my Bachelor of Music degree in Applied Music at the same school.

For parents researching piano lessons for your child / children, please know that the beginning stages of learning are crucial to cultivating good habits and fundamentals down the road. I am fully committed to making sure that your child do just that. Parental involvement is not only welcomed but strongly encouraged - feel free to sit in on your child's lessons!

If you are an adult looking to learn piano, know that I am a very detail-oriented teacher, and will patiently answer whatever questions you might have
. I understand full well that adult students have many other obligations, and I am happy to work around them as long as you are willing to learn.
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Eliyahu January 26, 2019
· Classical Piano · Online
Gary has been fantastic to work with. He is patient and very knowledgeable, and my skills have improved quickly by learning with him. Highly recommended.
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Margaret B. April 4, 2018
· Piano · In studio
G.ary makes me feel very comfortable playing and makes me feel I will be able to accomplish my goals.
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Christian D. February 2, 2017
· Piano · Online
I have known Gary for a while now, but only recently started taking lessons with him. He is very helpful and professional for every lesson. He answers all my questions and has suggested materials for me to practice in order to improve my playing. I have already learned a lot from the few lessons we have had. I enjoy our lessons and look forward to our next one!
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Gary K.

Rochester, NY 14618
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$25 / 30-min

About Xin H.

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Rochester, NY
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About Xin
I am a professional Horn player. I am currently a student at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester getting my Bachelor's of Music under Professor Peter Kurau.

Horn players can expect to have a unique sound, and I intend to let the student harness that rather than stick to whatever standard of sound is preferred in our community. From my experience, horn players tend to build tension in the jaw, and as a person with TMJ (Temporomandibular joint dysfunction), I know how to recognize these pains and how to release tension and prevent it!

I have been studying classical horn playing for 7 years and have had experiences in various orchestras such as the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Ocala Symphony Orchestra. I am also a part of the National Orchestral Institute + Festival of the University of Maryland, College Park in 2018, a n
ationally-acclaimed summer festival. In addition, I studied the Natural Horn for 2 years, the predecessor to the modern French Horn. Despite having a classical background, I frequently have to play jazz when playing modern compositions and learned how to read lead sheets, so therefore I can bring a multi-faceted way of teaching every day.

I have experience teaching young kids in Baltimore through the OrchKids Summer Program. I was a Brass Intern and taught the horn players and at times the trumpet players. From this experience, I developed patience and an even stronger love for teaching to play the instrument to which I am dedicating my life. I hope that you will consider me in your pursuit of finding a horn teacher for yourself or for your child.
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Jill D. November 26, 2018
· French Horn · Online
Xin is a superb instructor. She is very patient and has provided me with techniques and tips that have improved my horn skills significantly. She is very knowledgeable and online instruction allows her to provide immediate feedback during the lesson. Though I have a long way to go, the improvements I have experienced have far surpassed my expectations.
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Andrew July 11, 2018
· French Horn · In studio
I haven't taken lessons from Xin, but as a colleague of hers at the Eastman School of Music, I can honestly say that she is one of the best and most dedicated horn players I've ever met. I have no doubt that Xin's skills as a musician would transfer well to her teaching. You won't go wrong with her.
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Ryan July 10, 2018
· Audition Prep · In studio
Loved her informative and supportive sessions! Would highly recommend!
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Xin H.

Rochester, NY 14604
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$20 / 30-min

About Rosie K.

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Rochester, NY

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I am an opera singer and voice teacher. I received my bachelors in vocal performance from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, where I taught secondary lessons through the conservatory. I have performed all over the United States and in England. I am currently studying at The Eastman School of Music as a master's student.
After graduation from Oberlin, I began my private studio in Texas. My weekly lessons numbered around 60. Over the last 4 years, I have taught students with a variety of interests and goals. It is important to me to find the one thing that excites my students, be that a certain song or style, or maybe how to be more comfortable singing in their church choir. In lessons, not only do we work on vocal technique, we focus on what makes their voice unique, special, and all their own. Students will always have a new building block t
o practice each week. My intention is to inspire my students to have a discerning ear and to appreciate all that goes into making a voice work.
My students have been accepted to major college voice programs, as well as participated in competitions and summer programs around the United States.
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Sandra October 20, 2018
· Opera Voice · In studio
Rosie is very professional and insightful. The methods she introduces to me help a lot!
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Rosie K.

Rochester, NY 14604
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About Blake P.

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Rochester, NY

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Hello there!

I'm 25 and a graduate of the Eastman School of Music with a degree in Jazz Guitar performance. I currently work full-time as a freelance musician, I play in wedding/corporate bands, jazz groups, hip-hop bands, funk bands, pop bands, original music projects, and I also run a hip-hop/jazz group. I'm a funny, easy-going guy and I want lessons to be fun and inspiring. With that being said I definitely like to set and accomplish realistic goals with my students, cause why not be the best you can be, right?

My teaching style follows the "Music is Easy" mantra. Basically, I look at it as my job to take the intimidation factor out of music, and let it be what it should be, FUN! It's not to say we won't be learning theory, or getting our skills together, but it is to say that we'll be taking all the fancy lingo and breaking it dow
n for you in concrete practical ways.

In terms of what I teach that really runs the gambit, I teach most styles of contemporary guitar playing, and additionally can teach voice as well. I also have taken extensive marketing classes at the University of Rochester, which means that I can offer some key advise on music business and marketing strategies for your band. I also run my own booking agency, so if you want to talk shop on how to get gigs, which avenues of gigs make the most bread, and other things of that nature, I'm your guy as well!

Hope to hear from you and start some fun learning together!
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Matthew June 14, 2019
· Singing · In home
Blake is a great instructor. He made me feel comfortable and relaxed right away. He went at the pace I needed (glacial) and encouraged me every step of the way. I would highly recommend him to anyone.
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Max March 12, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Blake is a seasoned musician with experience in just about every genre imaginable. Whether it's technique, harmony, theory or aural skills, he can explain any seemingly difficult idea in a concise, logical way. With all the knowledge of a conservatory trained guitarist and gigging musician, he's a down to earth teacher who simply loves music and is passionate about sharing it with his students.
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Michael March 11, 2019
· Guitar · In studio
Blake is a dedicated teacher who helped me improve right away! I wasn't at all sure what I wanted (or needed) to work on next but he picked up right away what was best for me. So grateful to have worked with him.
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Blake P.

Rochester, NY 14620
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$34 / 30-min

About Owen M.

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Rochester, NY
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About Owen
Here's a bit about myself:

Since 2016, I've been teaching math to high school and elementary students. I've always loved it. With teaching, I feel that I've grown more patient and more thoughtful in my general life. I recommend that anyone with the means try their hand at teaching. It is a particularly rewarding thing in and of itself.

The summer of 2016, I wrote the music, conducted, and acted as musical director for a full-scale musical entitled Get Hooked: A Pirate Musical. Currently, I'm working on a second full-length project, entitled Nuclear Love, that is set to be produced and performed in the spring of 2020.

I also have experience doing rock and jazz gigs on my electric bass. If you or student is also interested in learning these styles, I'd be more than happy to oblige!

My favorite books are Zen and the Art of Motorc
ycle Maintenance, The Giver, Ishmael, 1984, The Chess Garden, Invisible Man, Labyrinths, and Life of Pi.

My favorite quote is "infinity and beyond." Granted, there is no such thing as 'beyond' - unless you're referring to the power set of infinity. Honestly, I just love infinity. I could talk about the infinite hotel and fractals forever (pun noted and kept).

I've been taking French classes for about 5 years now. If you're interested in having a charming conversation in slightly broken French, je suis ton mec!

There are a few things more inspiring to than helping a student triumphantly arrive at a solution. Or watching them nail a big shift that was giving them trouble the week before. Learning anything comes with struggle, with difficulty, and I've certainly had my share of practice frustration. It's important to understand that such an experience is part of the process. I have no doubt that with the right ethic, the right teacher, and a desire to learn, anything can be achieved.
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Owen M.

Rochester, NY 14604
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$25 / 30-min

About Jenn B.

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Rochester, NY

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My name is Jenn, I graduated from Roberts Wesleyan recently and have been on an never ending adventure of trying to figure out what to do with my life. I have always taught lessons on and off but never really pursued it until now. My passion is spreading the love of music and proper singing techniques. I grew up singing in my church and now I am a worship leader at The Father’s House in Chili. I can also teach worship technique if you’re interested, this is what I am most passionate about. My second passion, but only by a hair is, performing. I believe that anyone can capture an audiences attention, you just have to have a firm foundation in performance- and this is where I come in. I can go into detail about what to expect and how to overcome your worst fears. I will be your cheerleader, confidante and help push yo
u to the next level. I can’t wait to see you in our next lesson!
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Ann August 24, 2019
· Vocal Training · In studio
Jenn is a phenomenal vocal coach, and accomplished vocalist herself! She is incredibly knowledgeable, and excellent at explaining techniques and exercises. She is committed to helping you achieve your goals. Not only does she teach you about the practicals, but she also addresses lifestyle habits and ways to better your vocal health in many facets. I highly recommend Jenn!
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Halee June 13, 2019
· Broadway Singing · In home
Very patient with my young daughter with sensory issues
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Thea March 24, 2019
· Vocal Training · In home
Jenn was Very patient and very knowledgeable in teaching I had a very sore throat which created nodules. The nodules created a weak spot in my voice where no sound came out. So Jenn was Teaching me how to get past those problems that the nodules had created. Teaching me the proper techniques but to my great loss I did not continue with her professionalism only because I got too busy with life. I would definitely sign up with Jenn if you are interested in any kind of lesson at all she is very knowledgeable in all areas .
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Jenn B.

Rochester, NY 14620
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$27 / 30-min

About Brandon M.

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Rochester, NY
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Mr. Brandon McArdell is a third-year teacher at Holley Elementary School where he teaches 4th, 5th, and 6th-grade band as well as 5th and 6th-grade general music classes. He recently joined Holley after teaching in the Greece School District for a year and a half. Brandon is also the assistant director on the staff of the Greece Marching Blue Knights Marching Band.
Originally from Baldwinsville, NY, Brandon moved to the Rochester area after completing his Bachelors of Music degree at Nazareth College in May of 2017 where he studied trumpet under Dr. Brett Long. Most recently, Brandon was a featured soloist with the Nazareth College Symphony Orchestra after winning the annual concerto competition in February of 2017. Brandon continues to teach private trumpet lessons and also plays trumpet locally in the Nazareth College Winds Progra
m, at the Eastman School of Music, and at various events and gatherings. ​
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Brandon M.

Rochester, NY 14620
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$15 / 30-min

About Monica R.

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Rochester, NY
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Monica is a classically trained soprano with a strong background in solo and choral singing and church music. Her opera credits include full productions and scene showcases in the roles of Laetitia (The Old Maid and The Thief), Cinderella (The True Story of Cinderella), Susanna (Le Nozze di Figaro), Zerlina (Don Giovanni), Zdenka (Arabella), Lauretta (Gianni Schicchi), Belinda (Dido and Aeneas), and many ensemble roles. She has appeared as a featured soloist with Rochester Lyric Opera, The Little Theatre, IC BACH, Ithaca College Women's Chorale, Roberts Wesleyan College Chorale, Roberts Wesleyan College Community Orchestra, and Roberts Wesleyan College Jazz Combo, performing a variety of repertoire from opera arias and vocal chamber music to Broadway classics and jazz standards. Monica was the 2016 Winner and 2015 Runner-Up of the Concert
o/Aria Competition at Roberts Wesleyan College, and she has been a finalist and semi-finalist in regional NATS competitions. A frequent recitalist in upstate New York, she has performed the world premieres of several new art songs at venues such as the DiMenna Center for Classical Music in NYC.

Monica is also a seasoned church musician, having served as a church cantor, pianist/organist, and choir director for 10+ years. In these roles, she assists in various leadership positions, designs resources for cantors, and provides both traditional and contemporary music for services, funerals, and weddings.

Monica is passionate about teaching and has experience teaching students ages 7-70 of all levels of experience, from adult community members to undergraduate music minors. In addition to teaching private lessons, Monica has taught group voice classes, assisted for undergraduate diction classes, and tutored students in diction, music history, music theory, and aural skills. She has formal training in Vocal Pedagogy at the undergraduate and graduate levels, as well as formal acting training.
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Monica R.

Rochester, NY 14621
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$34 / 30-min

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